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The ballots for this year's election will be sent out in the week of April 25th, 2016. Members will be asked to elect a new vice-president and three positions on the executive board. Click here to see candidate biographies.

Members will also be asked to approve changes to the Association's by-laws. To view the proposed version, click here. The current version is here.

The revisions and changes made to the proposed new version concern the following:

  • The GSA has added two new membership categories, Emeritus and Independent Scholar.
  • To bring one of the GSA's traditional areas of focus in line with shifts in our membership, the Board recently changed the former "Political Science" category to "Contemporary Politics, Economics, and Society."
  • Likewise, we have been using the more inclusive "Literature and Cultural Studies" instead of the traditional "Literature," and "History and Social Sciences" rather than the traditional "History," to identify the other major areas of focus.
  • During the past several years the Board and the Association have accepted and recognized the "Immediate Past President" as an official position on the Board and Council, but references to this position in the current by-laws are unclear and somewhat contradictory. The changes recommended clarify that position as a regular officer position that includes full voting rights on both the Executive Council and Executive Board.
  • The current by-laws are also inconsistent in defining the roles of the three appointed officers (Executive Director, Secretary-Treasurer, and GSR Editor) and their voting status. The Council and Board recommend the following: These three appointed officers will be ex officio, non-voting members of the Executive Board, but that they will be full voting members of the Executive Council (which also includes the President, Vice President, and Immediate Past President) when required.
  • As the GSA has moved from paper to electronic communication for certain activities such as dues payments, conference registration, elections, and the newsletter, the dates for these activities specified in the by-laws have been changed to reflect the resulting alterations in our practices.
  • Finally, the Task Force and Board made several edits to the Bylaws that we find improve the clarity, language, and organization of the document, without changing the substance of the document.


Executive Board Elections

Vice-President: Two-year term beginning January 2017 

Randall Halle (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995; Albert-Ludwigs-Universität-Freiburg 1983-84, 85-86, Freie Universität Berlin, 1991-1992) is Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies and Chair of the German Department at the University of Pittsburgh.  He taught previously at the University of Rochester with appointments in Women’s Studies and Visual and Cultural Studies (1996-2006) and has been Visiting Professor at the Universität Augsburg SS 2007, WS 2009. He is the author of Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities (University of Illinois Press, 2014); German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational Aesthetic (University of Illinois Press: 2008); Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno (University of Illinois Press: 2004); and author of numerous articles on such subjects as German Turkish film, New Gay Film, German-Polish relations and transnational space in film, and queer philosophy. He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (2010), an NEH Senior Fellow in the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies of the Freie Universität in Berlin (2004-2005), a recipient of two DAAD Summer Seminar Grants ( “German Studies and Queer Theory,” Cornell University, 1999; and "Freedom and Culture in German Social Theory," University of Chicago, 1995); and of the G. Graydon Curtis and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Rochester 2002). He has regularly attended the GSA conference—as speaker, commentator, moderator, or audience member—since 1999; served as Chair of the Book Award Committee (2008); Co-coordinator of the 20/21st Century on the Conference Program Committee (2011-13), and served as an elected member of the GSA Board (2014-2016).


Johannes von Moltke (Ph.D., Duke University, 1998) is Professor and Chair of German Studies, and Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures, at the University of Michigan. His work on German film history, Critical Theory, and the history of film theory has centered, most recently, on Siegfried Kracauer, leading to the publication of Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings (ed. with Kristy Rawson, California 2012); Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer (ed. with Gerd Gemünden, Michigan 2012); and his forthcoming monograph, The Curious Humanist: Siegfried Kracauer in America (California 2016). His earlier book on the history of the German Heimatfilm (No Place Like Home, California 2005) won the MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Best Book in German Studies. Johannes von Moltke has been the recipient of DAAD, Berlin Program, and Alexander von Humboldt fellowships. With Gerd Gemünden, he co-edits the book series Screen Cultures: German Film and the Visual for Camden House, and served together with Julia Hell and Andreas Gailus as executive editor of The Germanic Review from 2006-14. Since 2004, he has been organizing the biannual “German Film Institute” at the University of Michigan, and he recently joined the executive committee of the American Friends of Marbach. He has been a regular member and conference participant at the GSA ever since publishing his first article in the German Studies Review back in graduate school. From 2011 to 2103, he was an elected member of the GSA Board, and together with Heather Mathews, he has been coordinating the Visual Culture Network since 2015.


Executive Board: Three-year terms beginning January 1, 2017

Position 1: Social Science 

Timothy Guinnane is the Philipp Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History in the Department of Economics at Yale University. After completing his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and then assistant professor of economics at Princeton University. He has been at Yale University since 1993. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and the Pitt Professor at the University of Cambridge (2002-2003). Guinnane has held short-term visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods (Bonn) and the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Cologne, and Hohenheim. He was a member of the Fachbeirat for the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock) and is currently on the Forschungsbeirat of the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (Essen).

Guinnane’s research focuses on the demographic and financial history of Germany, primarily in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. He has published in the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic History, Population Studies, and other leading international journals. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (US), the National Institutes of Health (US), the National Endowment for the Humanities (US), the Leverhulme Trust (UK), and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK). He has been a GSA member since 2008, served on the Interdisciplinary Committee, and was a coordinator for the “Law and Society” network from 2009-2014.


Sarah Elise Wiliarty (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2002) is Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she has taught since 2002. She also teaches in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan. Her research focuses on the role of women in political parties, as well as gender and media coverage of campaigns. She was the recipient of a Humboldt Foundation Chancellor's Scholarship and Renewed Research Grant. She is the author of The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party (2010) and recent articles on gender and German energy policy making as well as gender in conservative party politics. Her work has been published in German Politics, German Politics & Society, Polity, and Politics and Gender. Her new project examines Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership. She also publishes on pedagogy and blended learning. She regularly attends the German Studies Association Annual Meeting as a paper presenter and commentator.


Position 2: Literature/Cultural Studies

Hester Baer (Ph.D. Washington University, 2000) is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland, where she is a core faculty member in Comparative Literature and Film Studies. She held the Lisa Lee and Marc Ewing Postdoctoral Fellowship in German Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University. Hester previously taught German and Women’s Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she was named Associates Second Century Presidential Professor. At the University of Maryland, she was named the Vambery Distinguished Professor of Comparative Studies in 2014-15. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in film and media; historical and contemporary feminisms; and German literature and culture in the 21st Century. She is the author of Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language (2009); the editor of a special issue of Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature on "Contemporary Women's Writing and the Return of Feminism in Germany" (2011); and the co-editor of German Women’s Writing in the 21st Century (2015). She is currently working on a monograph, German Cinema in the Age of Neoliberalism, 1980-2010. She has published articles on German film, literature, and feminism in Discourse, Feminist Media Studies, and German Quarterly, among others. Hester has served as the President of the South Central Modern Language Association (2006-2008) and the President of the Coalition of Women in German (2011-2014). Since 2001, she has regularly attended the GSA, presenting papers and moderating and commenting on panels. In 2015, she co-organized the seminar “New Feminist and Queer Approaches to German Studies.” She has published book reviews and an article in the German Studies Review, and was invited to contribute an essay on Feminist German Studies and the GSA to its upcoming special issue, “The German Studies Association at 40.”


Sara Hall (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 2000; Uni. Heidelberg, Uni. Jena, FU Berlin) is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Germanic Studies and Chair of the Minor in Moving Image Arts. She recently ended a five-year term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UIC Honors College and is now the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her work on film history and gender issues, with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, has been published in such journals as German Quarterly, Modernism/Modernity, German Studies Review, and Journal of European Studies, and in a number of edited collections. She is the author of a forthcoming book on law enforcement and moving image recordings during the Weimar Republic. Her research has been supported by the DAAD, the Berlin Program in Advanced German and European Studies/Social Science Research Council, and the John Nuveen Fund, among others. She has chaired the Chicago Film Seminar and is currently the co-chair of the Community Council of the Gene Siskel Film Center, with a guiding role in audience development for the Chicago European Union Film Festival and has served as a guest speaker at the Cinema Chicago screenings at the Cultural Center, Facets Multimedia and the Gene Siskel Film Center. She has been a member of the GSA since the late 1990s and has organized sessions and a seminar, presented numerous papers on German film history and served often as a moderator and commentator. She served two terms on the Program Committee, co-coordinating the 20th Century Germanistik session and paper selection process with Todd Heidt from 2012-2014.


Position 3: History (non-North-American)

 Ofer Ashkenazi (Phd, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006) is the Director of the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University, with appointment in the Department of History and the School of Arts. He is a member of the Center of Research Excellence (ICORE) Daat Hamakom, dedicated to the study modern Jewish cultures of place. He is a scholar of cultural and intellectual history of modern Central Europe, with particular interest in German Jewish experiences, cultural transfer, and visual cultures. Prior to his current position, Ashkenazi conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of two monographs: A Walk into the Night: Reason and Subjectivity in Weimar Film (2010, Hebrew) and Weimar Film and Modern Jewish Identity (2012). His articles explore a variety of additional topics, including German Jewish athletes in Palestine, contemporary German comic representations of the Nazi past, and the German interwar antiwar movement. He is also the chief editor of two Hebrew language academic journals: Tabur: Journal of Central European History; and Slil: Journal of History, Film and Television (both accessible online). Ashkenazi regularly organized panels, presented papers, and was a commentator and a moderator in GSA annual conferences since he graduated. As a interdisciplinary organization that recurrently probes the boundaries of the related paradigms, the GSA is a natural intellectual home for the kind of research he conducts and wishes to develop.


Nicholas Stargardt (Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1989) is Professor of Modern European History, University of Oxford. He taught previously at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at the University of Cambridge. He is a historian of 19th and 20th century Germany and the author of The German Idea of Militarism: Radical and Socialist Critics, 1866-1914 (1994), Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives under the Nazis (2005), and most recently The German War: A Nation under Arms (2015), a new social history of Germany in the Second World War; as well as numerous articles. He is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Nationalism (Prague), an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship (spent at the University of Göttingen; Max Planck Institute for History and at the at the Institute for Comparative History of Europe, Free University Berlin), an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant, and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. A member of the GSA, his service to German history has been mainly in the UK, where he is a long-time member and participant in the German History Society (since 1986), a member of the Advisory Board of the Holocaust Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, a member of the editorial board of German History (1998-2014). Most recently, he has become co-editor of German History, a position that brings him to the German Studies Association every year.



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